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Northwestern State University of Louisiana 


Summer 2000 




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Dr. Randall J. Webb, President 
Northwestern State University 

Dear Alumni: 

TIhe 1999 - 2000 academic year has wrapped up at North- 
western and it has been another outstanding year for your 
alma mater. 

We have continued to make steady progress in strengthen- 
ing our academic programs and gaining national attention for the work our fac- 
ulty and staff are doing. Twenty-eight of our 32 eligible academic programs have 
earned national accreditation, and by the time you read this we hope two more 
programs will have gained accreditation. We are also working to gain this distinc- 
tion for the remaining programs by next year 

This past year, five programs, the Bachelor of Science in Computer Information 
Systems, the Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr and Alice E. Dear Department of Creative and 
Performing Arts, the Master of Education concentration in educational technology, 
the Louisiana Scholars' College and the Master of Science in Nursing nurse practi- 
tioner concentration were designated as Areas of Excellence. The Department of 
Industrial and Engineering Technology was designated as an emerging program. 

These Areas of Excellence, as well as other academic programs at the univer- 
sity, are being encouraged to seek external funding through private and corporate 
donations and grants and contracts. One of my goals is to strive for national recog- 
nition of programs, faculty and students. 

Northwestern also continues to become the university of choice for many of the 
state's top students. This past fall, we had the largest fi-eshman class in Northwestem's 
history. And along with increasing the size of the class, we got a quality class, getting 
46 percent more high school valedictorians and 32 percent more salutatorians. 

In the months to come, I will be discussing with you some of our plans for 
Northwestem's future. We have been working for several months to come up with a 
plan that will help the university achieve new heights. These plans will require the 
support of our alumni and fi-iends. I know each of you wants Northwestern to be an even 
better place in the decades to come. I look forward to sharing those plans with you. 

Chris Maggio, Director 
Alumni Affairs 

Fellow Northwestern Graduates and Friends: 

The Spring 2000 semester has been an exciting and fast- 
paced one for Northwestern State University and your 
Alumni Association. The academic programs, under the lead- 
ership of Dr. Randall J. Webb, continue to get stronger, and the extra-curricular 
activities on campus are non-stop. I am amazed and proud of the talent level of 
our students. To watch them in action at concerts, recitals, plays and athletic 
competitions is truly amazing. We have some really outstanding students who 
will one day become leaders in their field. 

Your Alumni Association has also been busy this spring. We hosted 10 alumni/ 
recruiting receptions, during which Northwestern alumni opened their homes to 
fellow alumni, prospective students and their parents. Overall we visited with 
more than 1,000 students and parents who are looking forward to their experi- 
ence at Northwestern. I really appreciate the alumni who hosted these events. 
The receptions were a tremendous success, and we could not have done it without 
them. Also the local alumni chapter functions were great. It was exciting to watch 
friends get together and share stories about NSU. 

I want to say a special thank you to the Class of 1950. Our Golden Jubilee 
weekend was fantastic, as more than 60 members of this class came back to cam- 
pus for the 50th anniversary of their graduation from Northwestern. They toured 
the town and campus and received their 50-year diploma at the commencement 
ceremony. I had a great time and enjoyed hosting them immensely. 

Finally, a reminder that our Annual Fund Drive begins in August. I want to 
thank everyone who has been supportive of the drive in the past, and I encourage 
all other alumni to support this effort. Alumni relations at Northwestern are at 
an all-time high, and your gifts are a tremendous help to the university. 

I hope you all have a great summer, and please stay in contact with us. 

Alumni Columns 

Official Publication of Northwestern 

State University 

Natchitoches, Louisiana 

Organized in 1884 

A member of CASE 

Volume XII Number 2 Summer 2000 

The Alumni Columns (USPS 015480) is published 

4 times a ygar by Northwestern State University, 

Natchitoches, Louisiana, 71497-0002 Periodicals 

Postage Paid at Natchitoches, LA, and at 
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Alumni Office Phone; 318-357-4414 

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President Tommy Chester 

Arcadia, 1969 

Vice President Ginger Wiggins 

Jackson, 1987 

Secretary-Treasurer. Chris Maggio 

Natchitoches, 1985 

Executive Director Chris Maggio 

Natchitoches, 1985 


Tommy Chester. Arcadia, 1969 

Glenn Talbert Shreveport, 1964 

Carroll Long Tyler, TX 1970 

Dale Bernard Lake Charles, 1972 

David Morgan Austin, TX 1973 

Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958 

Adrian Howard Arlington, TX 1989 

Leah Sherman Dallas, 1986 

John Ramsey. New Orleans, 1986 

Joe Cunningham, Jr. ..Natchitoches, 1984 

Jimmy Williams Baton Rouge, 1993 

Leonard Endris Shreveport, 1974, 1975 

Ginger Wiggins Jackson, MS, 1986 

K. Michael Sawrie , Alexandria, 1972 

Gayle Jones Natchez, 1981, 1998 

Dr B.L. Shaw. Shreveport, 1955, 1960 


David Gunn Slidell, LA 

SGA President 

The Alumni Columns is published in 
spring, summer, fall and winter 



Chris Maggio 


Leigh Flynn 


David West 
Doug Ireland 


Gary Hardamon 


Northwestern State University is accredited by the Commis- 
sion on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and 
Schools ( 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: 
Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award Associate, Bac- 
calaureate, Master's. Specialist and Doctorate degrees. 

It is the policy of Northwestern State University of Louisi- 
ana not to discriminate on the bases of race, color, religion, 
sex, national origin, age. or disability in its educational pro- 
grams, activities or employment practices as required by Title 
VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Dis- 
crimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Equal Pay 
Act of 1963, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Ex- 
ecutive Order 11246, Sections 503 and Section 504 of the 
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Section 402 of the Vietnam 
Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. 

Newest degree program at 
Northwestern also one of the 
fastest growing 

One of the newest academic programs at Northwestern is 
in a field undergoing some dramatic changes. 

NSU's program in criminal justice has grown quickly 
since its creation in 1997 and now has more than 250 
majors in the associate or bachelor's program. Students 
prepare for careers in law enforcement, probation and parole 
work, private security and related areas at the local, state and 
federal levels and with private companies. 

"There are many jobs available in the field that have good pay 
and benefits," said Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Joe 
Morris, who joined Northwestern's faculty after a career with 
the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office. "Law enforcement is moving 
into a more professional stage. Many agencies are requiring a 
college degree or a certain number of credit hours before they 
will hire an individual. The profession is focusing more on prob- 
lem solving and college training is helpful in developing those 

NSU's associate degree program provides basic courses in po- 
licing, adjudication and corrections along with classes in gen- 
eral education. The program is designed to allow students to 
easily move into the bachelor's program which includes classes 
in sociology, psychology and political science. 

The program doesn't produce just 
police officers... It produces indi- 
viduals who have studied the entire 
criminal justice system from one 
end to the other. 

— Randall Royals, C.J. major 

"As I was looking at career options, I 
found I was way behind the power curve," 
said Randall Royals of Anacoco, a former 
military policeman. "The program has al- 
lowed me to catch up on the latest trends 
and concepts in law enforcement." 

Royals feels the course work in sociol- 
ogy and psychology is very important for 
those who work with the public. 

"You study why man does what he does," 
said Royals. "It was a real eye opener to go 
beyond the facts of a case and understand 
feelings shared by millions of people all 
over the world." 

"The program doesn't produce just po- 
lice officers," said Royals. "It produces 
individuals who have studied the entire 
criminal justice system from one end to the 

Changes in law enforcement have also 
opened up the professions to women. 

"When I graduated from high school in 
1980, it wasn't acceptable for a woman to 
go into law enforcement, so I got a degree 
in nursing," said Margaret Pickett of 
Coushatta, who will earn an associate de- 
gree in December. "I have a huge interest 
in criminal law. I had heard the lingo all 
my life." 

The program should also see continued 
growth. This fall, the associate degree will 
be offered via the Internet, one of the first 
such offerings in Louisiana. 

"This will be a very positive development 
for the program and law enforcement in 
Louisiana," said Morris. "We will be able to 
attract students from anywhere, and that 
will allow people to attend college who may 
not have had the opportunity to do so." 

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NSU alumnus, 
political consultant 
fulfills graduation 

Roy Fletcher 

Roy Fletcher is living the 
dream he had for himself in 
Prather Coliseum on gradu- 
ation night in 1973. He knew he 
wanted to be involved in politics, and 
he can honestly say he is succeeding. 

"I wanted to be able to come back 
here someday as somewhat of a suc- 
cess and tell other Northwestern stu- 
dents that they can compete with 
graduates from larger, more presti- 
gious universities throughout the na- 
tion," Fletcher said. "This is where it 
all started for me." 

Fletcher has spent more than 20 
years as a political consultant for cli- 
ents in Louisiana and nine other 
states. He helped Mike Foster, a 
little-known state senator, win his 
1995 election for governor and his re- 
election in 1999. Some of his other 
clients have included Congressmen 
John Cooksey and Jim McCrery. 
Through his Baton Rouge-based 
firm, Fletcher has been engaged on 
a professional basis in more than 375 
political campaigns. 

As he returned to his alma mater 
recently, he spoke of the impact an 
education from Northwestern State 
University can have on a person's life. 

"A graduate from Northwestern ... 
can compete with anyone," Fletcher 
told the students. "This is one of the 
best educations you can get. Every- 
one here produces, from the faculty 
and staff to the students." 

Fletcher has worked with gradu- 
ates of universities such as Harvard, 
but he never lets them "buffalo" him 
because he has a degree from North- 
western State. He also has never 
looked down on his alma mater, and 
said he returned to the campus "with 
a clear conscience." 

Fletcher earned his bachelor's de- 
gree in political science from NSU in 
1973. He earned a master's degree in 
political science fi'om LSU and a ju- 
ris doctorate fi-om LSU Law Center. 

He began his political consulting 
career with internationally known 
consultants Ray Strother, James 
Carville and Gus Weill, and recently 
served on U.S. Sen. John McCain's 
presidential team as deputy cam- 
paign manager and war room chief 
in Alexandria, Va. 

Fletcher said his job is "like play- 
ing shortstop for the New York Yan- 
kees. I get paid to do something that 
I would probably do for free." 

College of Education 

receives NCATE 


The education degree programs at Northwestern State University 
have received affirmation of reaccreditation from the National Coun- 
cil for Accreditation of Teacher Education. 
The reaffirmation covers the bachelor's degree programs leading to teacher 
certification and the master's degree programs which require accreditation. 
Those degree programs include the bachelor of arts in elementary educa- 
tion, bachelor of arts in special education, bachelor of science in secondary 
education, bachelor of arts in early childhood education, bachelor of music 
education in music education and the bachelor of science in physical educa- 
tion. Also accredited through NCATE are the Master of Education and the 
Specialist in Education degree programs. 

All degree programs are available on Northwestern 's Natchitoches cam- 
pus, while the bachelor of science in early childhood education, the bachelor 
of arts in special education, the bachelor of arts in secondary education and 
some graduate degree programs in education are available at the University 
Center at England Airpark in Alexandria. The Master of Education program 
is also available through Northwestern's Leesville/Fort Polk campus. 

Northwestern 's programs were reaffirmed for five years. Northwestern 
first gained NCATE accreditation in 1954. 

Dean of the College of Education Dr. John ToUett said it is increasingly 
important to have a teacher education program accredited through NCATE. 
Louisiana is a "partner" state with the accrediting agency, which allows for 
joint reviews of colleges of education by NCATE and the college itself In addi- 
tion, ToUett said only students who graduate from an accredited college of edu- 
cation is eligible for teacher certification. 


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Faculty Notes 
Faculty Notes 

Building on the premise that ideas generate more 
ideas, and having his students work on projects 
that may lead to bigger projects, Dr. Martin 
Rudd believes in getting his students involved in re- 
search as undergraduates. 

After spending the past two summers designing and 
identifying new molecules and working to control the 
speed of certain chemical reactions, Rudd shared many 
of his theories with his students and has used much of 
what he learned in the classroom. 

For his scholarly and creative significance, as well as 
his originality, national, regional and local impact and 
the critical recognition by experts in the chemistry field, 
Rudd, an assistant professor of chemistry at Northwest- 
ern State University, was named the recipient of the 
2000 Mildred Hart Bailey Research Award. 

The Bailey Award is presented annually to a North- 
western faculty member for outstanding research and/ 
or distinguished artistic performance or creative work 
substantially complete during the past three years. 

Rudd received his undergraduate degree and his doc- 
torate from University of Warwick, England. He has 
been a member of NSU's faculty since 1997. 

From 1995 to 1997, Rudd was a Robert A. Welch Post 
Doctoral Fellow with the Department of Chemistry at 
Baylor University in Waco, Texas, with Professor F.G.A. 
Stone. During the 1994-95 academic year, he was a Post 
Doctoral Fellow in the Royal Society European Science 
Exchange Programme in the Department of Chemistry 
at the University of Bergen, Norway working in the 
group of Professor Steinar Husebye. 

"To me, post-doctoral research was a vital part of my 
rounding as a chemist, as it allowed me to experience 
several different fields of chemistry in different parts of 
the world and build up a publications list of which I can 
be proud." Rudd said. 

He has been a visiting scientist at the U.S. Depart- 
ment of Energy's Ames Lab at Iowa State University 
for the past two summers under the supervision of Dis- 
tinguished Professor of Chemistry Robert J. Angelici. 
Ames Lab is considered one of the country's premier 
research facilities in physical sciences and mathemat- 

Rudd has been chosen for a 2000 National Science 
Foundation Summer Fellowship in solid state chemis- 
try. Rudd will carry out his research in the Department 
of Chemistry at UCLA, working in the group of Dr. Rick 

Pictured left to right are Dr. Thomas Hanson, Dean of Graduate 
Studies & Research and Dr. Martin Rudd, recipient of the 2000 
Mildred Hart Bailey Research Award. 

"I chose to work with Dr. Kaner as his research 
projects have the closest links to my background in 
inorganic chemistry," Rudd added. "It is a tremendous 
opportunity for me personally and for curriculum devel- 
opment in the Department of Chemistry and Physics 
here at NSU." 

Rudd said the NSF program, which is open to all 
chemistry faculty including those from larger research 
universities, allows faculty and students to learn about 
solid state chemistry from experts in the field and to see 
how this knowledge is applied in the laboratory. Solid 
state chemistry is one of the most important areas of 
current research as new semiconductors, magnetic 
materials and catalysts are being developed. 

In doing his research, Rudd looks for new projects 
and ways for his students to become more active in the 
research process. 

"I prefer for them to work on novel projects, the 
results of which can be published," Rudd said. "And many 
of the projects they are doing may lead to other projects. 
Ideas stimulate new ideas. I have been blessed with great 
students with whom to work at Northwestern. They may 
come to work in my research laboratory with little idea 
of what chemistry research involves, but leave with a 
fine background in S5nnthetic chemistry. I have had the 
opportunity to build up a research group where knowl- 
edge is now being passed from student to student. That 
is a great feeling!" 


Anew book by Northwestern State University fac- 
ulty member James Cruise may cause scholars 
to re-examine more than four decades of schol- 
arship about the origins of novels. 

The book, "Governing Consumption: Needs and 
Wants, Suspended Characters, and the "Origins" of Eigh- 
teenth-Century English Novels," has been published by 

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Bucknell University Press. 
Cruise is an assistant pro- 
fessor of English at NSU. 

Cruise, who earned his 
doctorate at the University 
of Pennsylvania, joined 
NSU's faculty last fall. He 
has been on the faculty at 
Villanova, the University 
of Pennsylvania, St. 
Anselm College and 

He began his project in an 
attempt to understand the 
role the commercial 
economy played in the de- 
velopment of the period 
novel. As Cruise continued 
his research, he began to 
believe the existing theo- 
ries about the origin of the 
novel were in error. 

Most scholarship has 
been based on theories ad- 
vanced by Ian Watt, the 
author of "The Rise of the 
Novel: Studies in Defoe, 
Richardson and Fielding," 
which was published in 
1957. In his book. Watt 
concludes that what most 
readers think of as the 
novel did not exist prior to 
the 18th century. 

"I took exception to that 
point of view," said Cruise. 
"A long tradition of prose 
fiction in the West pre- 
dated the 18th century 
novel. Classical scholars, 
for instance, talk about the 
existence of the novel in 
ancient Greece and Rome. 
In addition, histories of the 

novel from early in the 
20th century, such as 
Ernest Bake's, fill vol- 
umes before arriving at 
the 18th century." 

According to Cruise, it 
wasn't the novel that was 
new to the period, but the 
way characters were por- 

"The novelists began to 
develop more complex 
characters," said Cruise. 
"Before the 18th century, 
the characters tended to 
be flat and one-dimen- 
sional. They were not 
characters as much as 
they were typed identi- 
ties. They did not act with 
ulterior motives. During 
the 18th century, charac- 
ters with more depth be- 
gan to develop." 

Cruise also examined 
factors that led to this 
character development. 
He found that the forces 
of commercial consumer- 
ism were the catalyst. 

"In my research I im- 
mersed myself in the 
documentary history of 
economic thought, from 
mercantilism to free-trade 
and political economy, so 
that I could understand 
the impact of consumer 
demand, of wanting and 
needing; the moral crises 
that ensued from this phe- 
nomenon; and the intel- 
lectual ferment it caused," 
said Cruise. "These pro- 
cesses of change, I argue, 
are realized in the genu- 
inely complex characters 
that appear among those 
writers Watt first dealt 
with in "The Rise of the 

Cruise's book is avail- 
able from area bookstores 
or from several on-line 


Looking Back 

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As Northwestern continues to improve on the 
methods of delivery of course work, we are 
again reminded of the many changes that 
have occurred at the University throughout its 116 
years of existence. As we continue "Looking Back," 
we again take a look at some of those memorable oc- 
currences, through photographs and excerpts from 
articles which were included in some of the first edi- 
tions of the Columns. 

"On March 17, (1947) Northwestern State College 
petitioned the State Board of Education for exclusive 
authorization to confer the master's degree for teach- 
ers and to offer graduate courses needed by teachers 
to earn the master's degree. 

It will be noted that the petition of the College 
asked for 'exclusive' authorization to offer master's 
degrees for teachers. This language was used because 
it was felt that if all the state colleges were to be given 
this privilege, it would not justify any college in de- 
veloping a worthwhile graduate school." 

In 1982, to raise $8,000 for new equipment to ex 
pand the station's power from 10 to 250 watts, 
KNWD-FM held a 54-hour radiothon. To raise 
the funds, Ginny Whitaker and Curt Boudreaux 
climbed atop the columns of the Bullard Mansion, 
where they remained for the entire 54 hours. 
Only about $1,650 was raised, but the event was con- 
sidered a success. 

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Students are provided 
Oracle^s database 
management software 


omputer infor- 
mation systems 
students at 
Northwestern will get to 
work with some of the 
latest database manage- 
ment software used by 
business and industry 
while in the classroom. 
The College of Business 
has received a $2.7 mil- 
lion software grant from 
the Oracle Corporation 
for use in the computer 
information systems cur- 

NSU was provided 
with the latest versions 
of programs including 
Designer 2000 used for 
data modeling, Devel- 
oper 2000 for client 
server applications and 
Discoverer 2000, a data 
mining program used 
with a company's web site. 

"These are the same tools industry is using," said NSU 
Professor of Computer Information Systems Dr. Claude 
Simpson. "By having access to these tools, students will 
be positioned to function in business and industry after 

These software grants are made only to institutions 
with an Oracle master, a faculty member who has taken 
a required number of training courses from Oracle, one 
of the world's leading software companies. Simpson is 
an Oracle master. The company has the top selling 
database management software and the number two 
selling software. 

"This grant was made possible because of the total 
commitment to the computer information systems pro- 
gram and Dr. Simpson's presence at NSU," said Dr. 
Carroll D. Aby Jr., dean of the College of Business. "Ac- 
cess to this software will be of tremendous help to our 
students and will help us attract the best students to 
our program." 

NSU's Bachelor of Sci- 
ence in Computer Infor- 
mation Systems is one of 
the university's desig- 
nated Unique Areas of 
Excellence. Students 
study in four component 
areas: information engi- 
neering, client/server, 
database management 
and telecommunications. 
The program was one of 
the first undergraduate 
curriculums in the na- 
tion to use the computer 

aided software engineer- 
ing approach. 

"Software companies 
receive a great benefit 
from making this software 
available," said Simpson. 
"There are thousands of 
unfilled jobs in the CIS 
field. Students who train 
on this software will use 
it on the job which will 
lead to more sales in the 


Folk Festival 

included in 

Local Legacies Project 

The Natchitoches/NSU Folk Festival has been 
selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress' 
Bicentennial Celebration: Local Legacies Project. 
The Local Legacies Project is designed to document and 
to pay tribute to the nation's rich cultural heritage. The 
Library of Congress fosters community projects to 
ensure that future generations will have access to 
important cultural "snapshots" of American tradition, 
folklore, and everyday life. The American Folklife Cen- 
ter received images from each congressional district. 
The Natchitoches/NSU Folk Festival was chosen from 
the Fourth Congressional Distr'ict. 

"This is quite an honor for the Natchitoches/NSU Folk 
Festival to be included in this project," said Dr. Lisa 
Abney, director of the Louisiana Folklife Center. "This 
provides the festival with national exposure. This 
recognition also says a great deal about our folk artists, 
who are vital to the success of the festival." 

This year's Festival theme is "Folk Tradition in the 
New Millennium. "The Festival is scheduled for July 21- 
22 in air-conditioned Prather Coliseum on 
Northwestern's Natchitoches Campus. The event has 
been designated twice as one of the Top Twenty Events 
in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourist Commission. 
For more information call (318) 357-4332. 


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Alumni B^ms 

College of Education's Hall of Fame 
initiation and reunion planned as part 
of "Homecoming 2000" activities 

Teachers, administrators and 
other Northwestern State 
University graduates in the 
field of education will be honored 
during a reunion set for Oct. 21. The 
reunion and the first initiation into 
the College of Education's Hall of 
Fame will be part of the Homecom- 
ing 2000 festivities. 

The College of Education and the 
Alumni Association are hosting the 
weekend's activities, which will 
include a breakfast, campus tours, 
demonstrations of the latest in edu- 
cational technology, a tailgate party 
and group seating at the football 

Charter members of the College 
of Education's Hall of Fame will be 

inducted during the renunion. The 
Hall of Fame, which will be housed 
in the Teacher Education Center, will 
honor Northwestern graduates who 
have distinguished themselves in the 
field of education. 

In addition, the College of Educa- 
tion is updating its database. Any 
education graduate who may not 
receive correspondence related to the 
reunion or other education news 
should contact the Alumni Center to 
update their graduate information. 
Updates may be sent to Chris 
Maggio, NSU Alumni Center, 
Natchitoches, La. 71497, by phone at 
(888) 799-6486 or by e-mail at 

Alumni trip to 
Central Florida 
set for Sept. 7 

Atrip for alumni, family and 
friends of Northwestern 
State University is being 
planned in conjunction with the 
Demons' football game against the 
University of Central Florida in 
Orlando on Sept. 9. 

Chris Maggio, director of alumni 
affairs, said plans are to fly to cen- 
tral Florida on Sept. 7 and return 
Sept. 10. The highlight of the long 
weekend will be the 6 p.m. ET foot- 
ball game at the Citrus Bowl. Maggio 
is also working to arrange for a visit 
to one of Orlando's many theme 
parks and attractions. 

Anyone interested in going on the 
trip should call the Alumni Center at 
(888) 799-6486 for more information. 

Members of the 
Class of 1950 
revisited their 
Northwestern years 
May 5 and 6 as part of 
the University's Golden 
Jubilee celebration dur- 
ing commencement ex- 
ercises. They were hon- 
ored guests at several 
events, including the 
50+ Alumni Club lun- 
cheon on Saturday, May 
6. Members of the class 
attending included: 

Mai L. Abington, 
Gabriel J. Barkate, John 
H. Brydels, Julia O. 
Cain, Alida Bishop 
Casey, Fred Y. Clark, 
Shirley J. Clark, Harry 
H. Creech, Victor Rabb 
Cross, Robert W. 

DeKeyzer, Thomas Bruce DeKeyzer, Kasklena Patricia Hays Dennis, Orville Kellar Dick, June Katherine Wallace 
Dyson, Travis Eugene Funderburk, Marilyn Finley Gaston, Helen Carter Graham, Ernest O. Howell, Grady Frank 
Howell, Dona Mae Thompson James, Robert Owen Johnson, Richard F Johnson, Emily Willis Kell, Robert Rae 
Lively Sr., Barbara Finlay Manning, Mary Maricell Marceau, Essie Mae Gabbert Massingill, Audrey Elaine Smith 
Maxwell, Gwendolyn Mayo, Mary J. McDonald, Esther Lewis McDuff, James Edmond Moreland, Doris Elaine 
Trotti Owens, Jesse Joe Parker, Joyce Marie Landry Pasqua, Antoinette Provenzano Pertuit, James M. Poole, Retta 
Strickland Poole, Dorothy T Robertson, Elliott Wilson Robertson, Walter Scott Sandfur, Margie Beth Barnett Sandlin, 
Hope Mary Richard Sansing, Parks William Sansing, Helen Fay Melder Sellers, Martin Ray Sledge, Nadine Smith 
Simmons, Archie Singletary, Marianne Rains Singletary, Julia E. Cash Smith, Rudolph E. Tarver, Blanchard Leonard 
Ward, Hugh H. Watson Jr., Jaconette Davis Williams and James Glenn Williams. 


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More than 200 people turned out for an alumni/recruiting reception in the home of NSU alumni Dan and Lilly Chase in Baton Rouge. 
Chase, a 1957 graduate, was inducted into Northwestern's Hall of Distinction, the Long Purple Line, last year. 

NSU alumni Will and Misti Wain- 
wright visit with students at an 
alumni/recruting reception held in 
the home of Ricky and Julie 
Walmsley in Covington. 

Dr. Dan Seymour, NSU's vice president for student affairs, 
visits with Scott and Sandy Hale of Kilgore, Texas, during 
an alumni gathering in the home of NSU alumnus Rachel 
Brian and her husband, Don. 

John Brewton (Class of "54) 
and his wife, Jackie (Class of 
'55) enjoy themselves at a 
crawfish boil for alumni from 
the Dallas/Fort Worth area. 
The crawfish boil was held at 
the home of alumni David 
and Kim Wright. More than 
85 alumni attended the 

NSU President Dr. Randall 
J. Webb socializes with 
Northwestern alumnus Ann 
Deshotels and her husband, 
Dr. S.J. Deshotels Jr., at a re- 
ception in the couple's home 
in Alexandria. The reception 
was held in recognition of 
prospective students. 

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The NSU Alumni Association and the Office of Admissions 
and Recruiting held an alumni/recruiting reception for pro- 
spective students from the Many area in the home of Julian 

The NSU Alumni Association hosted GradFest 2000 in 
the Ballroom of the Friedman Student Union on cam- 
pus recently. NSU seniors were able to prepare for 
graduation by ordering caps and gowns and class rings 
as well as signing up for the Alumni Association and 
preparing for post-graduation jobs. 

A reception for prospective students from the Winnfield area 
was held in the home of NSU alumni Don and Jane Purser 
(far right). More than 1,000 high school students from 
throughout Louisiana and East Texas were honored during 
receptions organized by the NSU Alumni Association and the 
Office of Admissions and Recruiting. 

The home of NSU alumnus Lenn Prince and her husband, Danny, 
was the site of one of 10 gatherings held throughout Louisiana 
and east Texas for NSU alumni and prospective students. 

Northwestern alumni, 
prospective students 
from the Natchitoches 
area and their parents 
mingle in the home of 
NSU alumni Joe Jr. 
andTerri Cunningham 
during an alumni/re- 
cruiting reception in 

Northwestern alumni Jimmy Patterson (Class of 1959) and his wife, Rose- 
mary, hosted one of several alumni/recruiting receptions at their home in 
Shreveport this spring. In addition to prospective NSU freshmen and their 
parents, fellow alumni. Northwestern staff and others attended the recep- 
tions, including head football coach Sam Goodwin and Johanna Miller with 
Hibernia National Bank. 

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Mae Pitchfod Courtney retired 
from teaching in 1966. She hves in 
Bossier City and will be 100 years 
old in September 2000. 


Martha Carroll Melton received a 
master's degree from NSU in 1962. 
She retired from teaching and is 
currently living in Shreveport. She 
has eight children, fourteen grand- 
children, and six great grandchil- 


Velma Knowles is a retired teacher. 
She lives in Longview, Texas, 
where she is a volunteer at Pine 
Tree School and Good Shepard 
Medical Center. She is also on the 
budget committee at Greggton 
First Baptist Church and president 
of her Sunday School Class. Velma 
has two children, five grandchil- 
dren, and three great grandchil- 


Maggie Howard has two children. 
She is retired and lives in Alexan- 


Winifred Hilliard Owens received a 
master's degree from NSU in 1960 
and married NSU graduate Cecil 
Winston Owens (1946). Winifred 
and Cecil live in Shreveport. They 
have been married for 55 years and 
have one daughter who is also a 
graduate of NSU. Winifred taught 
for 56 years and is now a counselor 
for both Grawood Christian School 
in Keithville and Plain Dealing 
Academy in Plain Dealing. Cecil 
retired after being principal of 
Claiborne Elementary School, 
Hillsdale Elementary School, and 
Trinity Heights Christian Academy. 


Mary Campbell retired from the 
Calcasieu Parish School Board in 
Lake Charles. She lives in Sul- 
phur and has two children. 


Hugh "Doc" Watson Jr. is married 

and has two children. He was the 

senior vice president of Occidental 

Petroleum Corporation in Tulsa, 


Walter "Mickey" Sandefur III 
received a master's degree from 
NSU in 1954. He married 
Ernestine Oquinn Sandefur who 
attended NSU in 1950. They have 
two children and two grandchil- 
dren. Walter is a professor, depart- 
ment chair, and associate dean at 
the University of Texas in Denton. 


Jo Ann Hayes Wiggins lives in 
Alvin, Texas, and has one child. 
She is a patient advocate at the 
Columbia Clear Lake Regional 
Medical Center in Webster. 


Bill Robinson is married and has 
two children. He is an orthodontist 
in Sherman, Texas. 


Davis Bland Jr. retired after 
working for BASF Corp., IBM, and 
NASA in informational services. 
He married Carolyn Re3Tiolds 
Bland who attended NSU in 1960. 
They live in Shreveport and have 
three children and one grandchild. 

G. Douglas Harkness is retired and 
lives in Birmingham, Ala. He is 
married and has three children 
and four grandchildren. 


H. Gary Patrick and his wife live in 
Bossier City. They have two 
children. He is a estimator for 
Berg, Inc. in Shreveport. 

Wiley Merrill Cummings Jr. lives 
in Many where he works in student 
personnel services for the Louisi- 
ana Technical College Sabine 
Valley Campus. He is married and 
has two children and two grand- 


Joseph Thomas (Tommy) Lewis III 
retired from IBM and is currently 
employed by Lockheed Martin Corp 
in Houston, Texas as a software 
engineer. He married Cheryl Wood 
Lewis (1969). Cheryl is a primary 
school teacher in Alvin. They live 
in Friendswood and have three 

R. J. "Jerry" Smith was the assis- 
tant gymnastics coach for Sunny 
Martinez and Armando Vega while 
attending NSU. He now coaches at 
Old Dominion University and LSU 
and serves as director of adminis- 
trative services for Executive 
Aviation in Baton Rouge. 

Sharon Shepherd is married. She 
and her husband live in Gibsland 
and have two children. Sharon is a 
senior services account representa- 
tive for Entergy. 


Robert Talmadge married Jill 
Foshee Talmadge (1969). They live 
in Houston, Texas, and have two 
children. Robert works for the 
Houston Flight Standards Office in 
Houston. He is the supervisory 
principal operations inspector for 
Continental Airlines. 


Katherine (Kathy) Smith Johnson 
is a RN at the Memorial Hermann/ 
Memorial City in Houston, Texas. 
She is married and has two chil- 

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Shelia Johnson Jones married Rev. 
Joe Allen Jones (1970). They live 
in Shreveport and have one child 
and two grandchildren. Shelia 
teaches third grade at North 
DeSoto Elementary School in 

Thomas "Tom" Crout Jr. married 
Patricia Rhea Brewster (1983). 
They live in Kingwood, Texas, and 
have two children. Thomas has 
been working for Arkla Gas (now 
Reliant Energy) for 20 years, and 
for 15 years he has been the 
company's vice president of human 
resources in various business units. 
Thomas is currently completing an 
MBA at Houston Baptist Univer- 


Anne Owens is a kindergarten 
teacher at Plantation Park Elemen- 
tary School and church hostess at 
Airline Baptist Church in Bossier 
City. Anne and her husband have 
four children one of which is also a 
graduate of Northwestern State 

Carolyn Breedlove received her 
master's degree from NSU in 1999 
and is now the executive director 
of the Kent Plantation House in 
Alexandria. She lives in 
Natchitoches and has two children. 


Gary Lampert is a technology asset 
manager for Arthur Andersen LLP 
in Sarasota, Fla. 

Judy DeBlieux Knecht married 
NSU graduate Gene Knecht Jr. 
(1975). They live in Baker and 
have two children. Judy works for 
the East Baton Rouge Parish 
School Board. She is a sixth grade 
math teacher at Park Forest 
Middle School. 

Norman Neel is the director of 
information technology for Equiva 
Services LLC. He married Phyllis 
Knight Neel (1975). They live in 
Katy, Texas, and have one child. 

Randy Jones was a major in the 
US army before moving from 
Petaluma, Calif., to Franklin, 
Tenn., where he is now employed 
with Vanderbilt University Medical 
Center as their records manager 
and archivist. Randy has been 
married 17 years. 


Claire Almand Evans was a 

teacher for 20 years. She now 

conducts radio research with her 

husband's company. They live in 

Marshall, Texas, and have one 



Marydale Shaver Adams lives in 
Corsicana, Texas, with her hus- 
band and four boys. She is the 
coordinator of the Family Services 
Association and is involved with a 
number of local boards, commit- 
tees, and councils. 


Julie Dellucky Lay has one child 
and lives in Terrytown. She is a 
librarian at Harry S. Truman 
Middle School in Marrero. 

LaMon Marchbanks Jr. has been 
married 17 years and has two 
children. He is the quality control 
manager for Conductive Contain- 
ers Inc., and lives in St. Louis 
Park, Minn. 


Clifton Bolgiano is married and 
lives in Youngsville. He and his 
wife have three children. Clifton is 
a national accounts manager for 
Ocular Sciences, Inc. 

Donald Tessier is a civil technician 
designer for GRW Engineers Inc. in 
Lexington, Ky. He is married and 
has four children. 


Melaney Mydland Stein works at 
the Raleigh Lions Clinic for the 
Blind in Raleigh, N.C., as director 
of rehabilitation services. She is 
married and lives in Apex, where 
she and her husband are actively 
involved in their community 
though church organizations. 


Arthur Bush lives in San August- 
ine, Texas, where he is a teacher at 
San Augustine Intermediate School 
and a sports writer for the San 
Augustine Tribune. 


Craig Poleman is a private loans 
manager at Sallie Mae Student 
Loan Servicing Corporation in 
Killeen, Texas. Craig married 
Bridget Bella Poleman who was a 
former counselor at NSU. They 
live in Cedar Park, Texas, and 
have one child. 

Dane Broussard is married and 
lives in Houston, Texas. He is an 
alliance manager for FMC Energy 

Donnie Purser is the director of 
technical services for Middleby 
Cooking Systems Group. She is 
married and has two children. 
They live in South Elgin, 111. 


Mindy Holman Lucas graduated 

from Northwestern 's School of 

Nursing. She lives in Cypress, 


Tom Trowell lives in Ft. Carson, 
Colo., where he is employed by 
Dominion Management Services/ 
Ft. Carson Oil Analysis Lab. 

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Angela Griffith Harris and her 
husband Hve in Menlo Park, Cahf. 
Their first child was born on 
November 21, 1999. 


Doris Fultz Sanders is a planning 
and zoning assistant for the City of 
Natchitoches. She is married and 
has two children. Her daughter 
attends NSU. 

James Luck married NSU gradu- 
ate Leah Clark Luck (1989). They 
live in Chesapeake, Va., and have 
three children. James is a network 
integrations officer in the US army 
at Norfolk Naval Base. 


Dana Young Mathis lives in 
Natchitoches and has two children. 
She and her husband are co- 
owners of an electrical contracting 
business, Mathis L.L.C. 

Rangi Lim is married and lives in 
Louisville, Ky. He is a physician at 
Suburban Hospital. 

Roberto Fiallos is in the lumber 
bussiness making Honduras 
mahogany doors for export to USA. 
He lives in San Pedro Sula, Hon- 

Shannon JuWan Greer lives in 
Honolulu, Hawaii. She has been 
working at Blue Cross/Blue Shield 
of Hawaii for five years. She is a 
program specialist in the commu- 
nity and government relations 
department. She is also part of the 
Coalition for a Tobacco Free 


AnnMarie Schneider Wolfe mar- 
ried Stephen Wolfe (1990). She is 
a kindergarten teacher at Whisper- 
ing Forest Elementary in Slidell. 
She and her husband live in 
Covington and have two children. 

Tracy Favre lives in Metairie and is 
a physical therapist for the Rehab 
Institute of New Orleans. 

Virtie O'Bier Miller retired after 
teaching for 32 years. She was a 
first grade teacher for the Webster 
Parish School Board in Minden. 
She lives in Longview, Texas, and 
has two children. 

William Johnson lives in Canyon, 
Texas, where he is a wetlands 
biologist for the Texas Parks and 
Wildlife Department. 


C arietta Anthony Jones teaches 
fourth and fifth grade language 
arts at Provencal Elementary. 
Carletta married Jones Horace who 
attended NSU from 1975-1977. 
They have one child. 

Linda Davis received a master's 
degree from NSU in 1994. She is a 
resident of Little Rock, Ark., and is 
a training and team development 
specialist for Acxiom Corporation 
in Conway. 

Michelle Fuller lives in Prairieville. 
She is a social worker for Gambro 
Health Care in Gonzales, 
Donaldsonville, and Luling. 

Richard "Trey" McMillian HI 
married Janine Lutes McMillan 
who also graduated from NSU in 
1992. They live in Bossier City and 
have two daughters. Richard is 
director of the Caddo Parish 
Animal and Mosquito Control, and 
Janine works part-time as an 
accountant for Grigsby Petroleum 
Inc. in Shreveport. 

Richard Slay is married, lives in 
Gary, N.C., and has one child. He 
is employed by Nortel Networks as 
manager of DMS-100 Global 


Cheryl Givan LaSource lives in 
Madison, Miss., with her husband 
and three children. She is a RN in 
the newborn nursery at River 
Oaks Woman's Hospital in Jack- 

Cindy Beshea is employed by 
Virtual Village Inc. in Dallas, 
Texas, as a senior accountant. 

Marsha Crnkovic is a RN at FMC 
Desoto Dialysis Clinic in 
Mansfield. She has one child and 
lives in Frierson. 

Rhonda Regouffre lives in 
Lafayette where she works as a 
speech therapist. 

Yolonda Craig Laroux is married 
and has four children. She lives in 
Zwolle and teaches fifth and sixth 
grade special education at Zwolle 
Int. School. She is currently 
pursuing a master's degree at 


Angela Stallworth Williams is the 
office manager at Chapital Cardi- 
ology Clinic in New Orleans. She 
married Leonard Williams (1993). 

Janet Quick Waquespack and her 
husband have one child. They live 
in Baton Rouge where Janet is an 
attorney with the Capital Area 
Legal Services, Inc. and Save our 
Wetlands, Inc. 

Jennifer Zimmerle is an account 
executive for Combined Investiga- 
tors Inc. in Atlanta, Ga. 

Lawrence Scott of Staten Island, 
N.Y., is a child protective specialist 
for the Administration for 
Children's Services. 

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Anthony Land married 1993 NSU 

graduate Celeste Crittle Land. 

They have two children and live in 

Zachary Anthony is president of 

Land & Land Enterprises, Inc. in 


Bonnye Busbice is married and 
lives in Seymour, Ind., where she 
is a customer service representa- 
tive for Jackson Co. Bank. 

Debi Cost lives in Hermosa Beach, 
Calif. She is a senior marketing 
associate for Paciolan Systems in 
Long Beach. 

Jayson Hayes is an offensive 
coordinator/head power-lifting 
coach at Silsbee High School. He 
lives in Beaumont, Texas. 


Anna Daniel Harper is a medical 
sales representative for Alcon 
Pharmaceuticals in Shreveport. 

Brad Thibodaux lives in Houma 
where he works for Guarnaty 
Broadcast. He is an account 
executive and has the number one 
rated show on the market. Brad 
also teaches confirmation classes 
at his church. 

Michael Dyess is a clinical support 
specialist for Arrow International 
in Reading, Pa. 

Rhonda Neswald McCalip has 
three children and lives in Cedar 
Crest, N.M. Rhonda received a 
master's degree from NSU in 
1998. She is now a doctoral 
student and works as a graduate 
supervisor at the University of 
New Mexico. 


Tracy Draper lives in Savannah, 


Tracy Mitchell is engaged to be 
married. She lives in Bossier City 
where she is a group sales man- 
ager for Horseshoe Casino Hotel. 


Aimee' Anne Shelton teaches 
English at Plain Dealing Academy 
in Plain Dealing. She also sings 
with a professional band and 
gives private music lessons. On 
June 10, 2000, she married 
Rodger Sexton (attended NSU). 
They live in Bossier City. 

Darryl Evans lives in Shreveport. 
He is a teacher and band director 
for Caddo Parish Public Schools. 

Dominique Martin McLauren is 
an administrative aide with 
Central Michigan University at 
Fort Polk where she is pursuing a 
master's degree of science in 
administration with a concentra- 
tion in human resources. 

Donald Hardin is the assistant 
band director for the Kilgore 
Independent School District for 
grades sixth-twelfth and is active 
in the East Texas Symphonic 
Band. He lives in Longview. 

Lt. Jeremy Brunet of the United 
States Army is a member of the 
aviation branch stationed in Ft. 
Rucker, Ala., where he completed 
flight school and was reassigned 
to Korea. Jeremy married Dawn 
Knox who will be attending 
Northwestern State University in 
the Fall. 

Leslie Wilson is a staff accountant 
for Blaine C. Hebert, CPA in 
Alexandria. She lives in 

R. Kathleen Salard lives in Lena 
and is engaged to be married. She 
is a legal secretary for William M. 
Ford Law Office in Alexandria. 
Theresa Billiot Speights married 
1960 NSU graduate Enoch 
Speights. They have three chil- 
dren and live in Many where 
Theresa is an eligibility determi- 

nations examiner for the Sabine 
Parish Family Office. 


Casey Shannon is an assistant 
executive housekeeper for Hyatt 
Regency in Atlanta, Ga. He mar- 
ried Kate Fulton Shannon (1999). 
They live in Lawrenceville and 
have one child. 

Casey Williams lives in Melrose 
and is married to Carla Hassan 
(1999). They have two sons. Casey 
is employed at the NSU Aquacul- 
ture Research Center as a research 
associate and serves as 2000 
Exalted Ruler of the Natchitoches 
B.PO. Elks Lodge. 

Gregory Romero is currently 
working in the Education Commu- 
nity Outreach Department of the 
Dallas Theater Center. He lives in 
Arlington, Texas. 

Lesley Roberts lives in 
Natchitoches. She is a graduate 
assistant for the SAB office here at 

Patrick Martin is married and has 
one child. They live in Florien. 
Patrick is an investment represen- 
tative for Edward Jones Invest- 
ments in Many. 

Linda Davis works for Acxiom 
Corporation in Conway, Ark., as 
associate developer. She lives in 
Little Rock. 

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'26 Cameha J. Dethloff, 
Natchitoches, Feb. 25, 2000. 

'31 Flossie Chatelain, Baton 

Rouge, Jan. 26, 2000. 

'31 William P Brumfield, 
Baton Rouge, Feb. 8, 2000. 

'38 Marjorie Patterson Seshul, 
Alexandria, March 9, 2000. 

'45 Pauline Holland "Polly" 
Orcutt, Dallas, Texas, Feb. 19, 

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'45 S. T. Sibley, Natchitoches, 
Feb. 20, 2000. 

'46 Calvin Murphy, Monroe, 

Nov. 7, 1999. 

'47 Clea T. Campbell, Sulphur, 
Dec. 8, 1999. 

'53 JoAnn Gandy MilBurn, 
March 12, 2000. 

Smiley Scholarship 
Fund is established 

Family, friends and colleagues of Dr. 
Barry A. Smiley, who established the 
first endowments in Northwestern State 
University's College of Business, are 
working to create two funds in memory 
of Smiley 

"He was such an integral part of our 
university and the College of Business," 
said Mary L3Tin Wilkerson, director of the 
Small Business Development Center at 
NSU. "Barry spent a great deal of time 
trying to raise money to assist his fac- 
ulty. This is our way of continuing that 

Wilkerson said former students and 
fellow faculty members hope to have the 
funds to establish the Barry Smiley Mar- 
keting Professorship within two years. A 
total of $60,000 in contributions are 
needed to create an endowed professor- 
ship. That sum is matched by an addi- 
tional $40,000 from the Board of Regents' 
Support Fund. 

A scholarship which had previously 
been established as the Shirley Smiley 
Scholarship is being renamed the Barry 
and Shirley Smiley Scholarship fund. The 
scholarship will now be available to quali- 
fied nursing or business majors, 
Wilkerson said. 

Smiley, who died April 15 after a brief 
illness, served as dean of the College of 
Business at Northwestern from 1990 
through 1998. Under his guidance, the 
College of Business earned accreditation 
from the Association of Collegiate Busi- 
ness Schools and Programs and the 
American Assembly of Collegiate Schools 
of Business. 

In addition to his professional career, 
Smiley was active in the Natchitoches 
Chamber of Commerce and other civic 
and community activities. 

For more information on the two en- 
dowments, call Wilkerson at (318) 357- 
5858 or the NSU Foundation at (318) 357- 
4414 or (888) 799-6486. 

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As Northwestern alumni are aware, the columns of 
the old Bullard Mansion serve as an unofficial 
symbol of the University. Many photos of the 
campus include the columns. And many memories of the cam- 
pus are triggered by the mention of those columns. 

Now Northwestern alumni Gene and Maxine Johnson of 
Bossier City have a continuous reminder of their days at 
Northwestern — in their front yard. The 15-foot replica of 
the columns was designed and built by Gene Johnson, a 1963 
graduate of Northwestern. He dedicated them to his wife, 
Maxine, who is a 1962 graduate and an associate professor 
of nursing at Northwestern 's Shreveport campus. 

Johnson said he put "a lot of emotion" into the columns, 
which took almost a month to complete. 

"Northwestern has meant a lot to me, and Maxine lives 
for it. Northwestern gave me a real good start, I like col- 
umns (the couple has 50 columns on their home), and it was 
the 50th anniversary of Northwestern's nursing program — 
those ideas came together, and I decided that this was what 
I wanted to do. I've been so pleased with them." 

Mrs. Johnson thought her husband was lajdng the foun- 
dation for a flagpole, but when the second and third base 
appeared, she figured out what he was doing. After the col- 
umns were completed, an "unveiling" ceremony and lunch 
was held for faculty from the Shreveport campus. 

Alumni Columns 
Northwestern State University 
Natchitoches, LA 71497-0002 

Postage Paid 
Postal Permit 
USPS 015480 

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